’Tis the sweet season for this coastal favorite

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From the July 2019 issue


When Jimmy O’Conor decided to open a business at the beach, he initially had a pit beef restaurant in mind. Considering that he’s from Baltimore, that’s not surprising. Pit beef is to Baltimore what the cheesesteak is to Philly. Charm City, however, is also known for crab cakes, and O’Conor had perfected a recipe. “I’d had it for 25 years but tweaked it here and there,” he says.

Since he wanted to focus on “good, consistent food,” he chose to highlight crab cakes at Woody’s Dewey Beach, which opened in 2009. It was a smart move. On average, he sells 300 a day, and Woody’s consistently racks up accolades on Trip Advisor.


“We’ve been told by many that to get the best crab cakes in Sussex County, we need to go to Woody’s,” reported one reviewer. “Well, we finally did, and we were not disappointed.”

Some diners, however, have other favorites. Certainly, there are plenty of restaurants that offer crab cakes. From Milford to Fenwick Island, Delmarva’s signature dish is on most menus. “I’ve worked at so many places, and just about everybody has a crab cake,” says Ryan Cunningham, executive chef at The Clubhouse at Baywood near Long Neck.


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